The Internet of Things (IoT) has been getting a lot of attention lately. The impetus behind some of this is the recent announcement of an OASIS initiative to standardize the IBM MQTT protocol as a means for “Things” to communicate. This New York Times blog post provides some background on MQTT and the announcement.
If MQTT gives you a sense of déjà vu, then you’re likely familiar with the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) standard. Like MQTT, DDS was designed specifically to address machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, the foundation for the IoT.
However, while they may share common aspirations, MQTT and DDS are very different standards. Each is optimized around different assumptions about how the IoT will be composed: